December has been filled with community winter fun in the form of an advisory door decorating contest, a winter music concert, and WinterFest winter activities. The contest and concert bonded students through hours of planning and practice, but WinterFest was a surprise afternoon of fun.

Door Decorating Contest

All grades participated in a LET class/advisory door decorating contest. Students spent a week collaborating and creating their winter wonderland doors. “The activity encouraged team building in a fun, friendly competitive atmosphere,” says Upper School Dean Sara Conyers, who initiated the contest. Doors were judged by division. Winners were:

  • Early Learning: Kindergarten
  • Elementary: Grade 3
  • Middle School (Tie): Ms. Marple’s and Mr. McCaffray’s Advisories
  • High School: Mr. Sharp’s Advisory

All doors showed off fantastic creativity, team work, and celebration of the season.

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Winter Music Concert

On Dec. 7, BASIS Independent McLean’s eight music groups performed in a Winter Concert to show off what they had learned so far this year. Performing groups included BASIS a capella, Beginning Orchestra, Beginning Band, Fifth Grade Beginning Band, Beginning Guitar, Intermediate Orchestra, Intermediate Band, Elective Mixed Ensemble, and a flue duet. The groups were directed by Mr. Michael Junsay, Mr. Orrin Wilson, Ms. Robin Martin, and Dr. Ryan Grove.

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The last period before Winter Break was dedicated to winter fun activities for all grades. Early Learning students (preK-grade1) made snowmen, created snow globes, and painted with colored ice. Lower School (grades 2-7) decorated cookies, created ornaments, and sipped hot chocolate to holiday-themed music. Upper School (grades 8-12) watched or participated in a faculty vs. student volleyball game. High School students were also surprised with a foosball table and additional seating for the High School Lounge.

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